I told you something about Christmas was coming soon! I'm really excited to announce that November 1st will be Shop For a Cause here on my blog! What is this? Well, it's only the best shopping idea EVER and one that I cannot take full credit for. It's not exactly a new idea.
Christmas is less than 3 months away and that means shopping season has either already started for you, or is about to start for you. For the last few years I really haven't enjoyed Christmas the way I should. I've been increasingly frustrated with the way our society commercializes the holiday and makes it all about presents and "getting." Not only that, but there's the pressure of giving, and to be totally honest, we're really only giving to people who have no needs. Think about who is on your shopping list. It's family and close friends. Most of us (if not all) don't have any family or friends who truly know what need is. We complain that we need new shoes, when the reality is that we have 8 pairs in the closet and we're just bored with them. So, I've been more disgusted with this aspect of America's Christmas as each year passes.
BUT what if we took this idea of consumerism around Christmas and turned it into a way to actually do some real good in the world and provide for those in need? What if there was a way to still get gifts for the ones we love AND provide for the "least of these?" Guess what? THERE IS!
Shop For a Cause is going to bring you new ideas and a way to completely change the way you go about your Christmas shopping. For instance, my mother loves neat jewelry with vibrant colors. I could go to the mall and grab something from Macy's or Claire's... OR I could go to the website of a family who is raising funds to adopt an orphan and purchase a Uganda Paper Bead Necklace. This is a TRIPLE BLESSING - the necklaces are made by AIDS widows and orphans as a way for them to earn a living, and buying a necklace from the family means I've also contributed to an orphan finding a forever home, PLUS my mom will have a gorgeous piece of jewelry with a very special significance.
See what I mean? There are TONS of ways to Shop With a Cause! It's not just jewelry - you can get shoes, coffee, t shirts, art work, and much for this way!
Will you join me back here the week of November 1st and take the challenge with me to Shop For a Cause this Christmas season? I will be providing links to different sites where you can find amazing gifts for the ones you love... and help others at the same time! Please join in - I have a feeling it just might bring the joy of the season into your heart and home! :)
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